THE NATIONAL Collegiate Athletic Association has had many chances over many years to reform its exploitative rules. It has instead remained content
to funnel millions of dollars a year to universities, coaches, athletic directors, broadcasters, sports-apparel companies and, naturally, NCAA executives — while leaving student athletes out in the cold. It’s commendable, then, that California has taken matters into its own hands in an effort to get fairer treatment for students. We worry that its solution doesn’t address the root of the problem — that college should be more about learning than making money — but it’s a good start toward change.